Presentation and Signing with Carol Kino author of Double Click: Twin Photographers in the Golden Age of Magazines

Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 4:00pm

On March 5, 2024, Scribner will publish DOUBLE CLICK: Twin Photographers in the Golden Age of Magazines, by acclaimed art writer Carol Kino. A captivating blend of biography and cultural reportage, DOUBLE CLICK reveals the lives of pioneering twin fashion photographers Frances McLaughlin-Gill and Kathryn Abbe, whose rise to prominence during New York’s glamorous magazine heyday of the late 1930s and 40s reflected a brief window of expanded opportunities for women before and during World War II. Frances, or “Franny,” became the first female photographer on staff in the Conde Nast photo studio; her action fashion photographs appeared regularly in Vogue, Glamour, and the company’s other publications. Kathryn found a niche for her surrealistic portraits in “career-girl” magazines, freelancing for the likes of Charm and Mademoiselle. As the 1950s approached, the cultural turn toward conventionality saw many of these exciting new roles for women put on pause. Both twins married Harper’s Bazaar photographers and, after having a family, Kathryn, known as “Fuffy,” pivoted to photographing children. But to explore the twins’ legacy is to uncover a thrilling and under-told chapter of history, with novel possibilities, glamor, and cameos by some of the most famous figures of the time–from Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, and Man Ray to Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, Lee Miller, and Carmen Dell’Orefice–who helped make up the twins’ circle. Complete with a gorgeous selection of color and black-and-white photographs, DOUBLE CLICK captures a pivotal time in our cultural history in vivid hues, providing a lens into new imaginings in the visual arts and proto-feminist thinking. Meticulously researched and wonderfully alive, this book is not to be missed.

Carol Kino’s writing about art, artists, the art world, and contemporary culture has appeared in
publications such as The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York
Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Town & Country, and just about every major art magazine. She was
formerly a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at the New York Public Library and
the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program. She grew up on the Stanford campus in
Northern California and lives in Manhattan. Double Click is her first book.

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Double Click: Twin Photographers in the Golden Age of Magazines By Carol Kino Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982113049
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2024